“For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”
One of the things that every person battles is doing right when they are alone. The Devil is a master of placing more temptations in front of you when you are alone. It is no secret that many people get themselves into trouble when they are alone. If you safeguard your alone times, you will find it much easier to do right and serve the LORD your entire life.
However, what is the motivation to stay pure? There must be something that motivates you to do right when nobody is watching. When a child has left alone, that child needs something that keeps them doing right. When adults are alone, they must be wary of the temptations they will face if they are going to stay pure. The verse above shows us several motivations that should help you to stay pure.
First, you are not alone when you are alone. Let me simply remind you that the LORD is always watching. Psalm 139:3 reminds us, “Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” No matter where you go, the LORD knows where you are. Jeremiah 23:24 says, “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” My friend, you may think that you are alone, but the LORD sees what you are doing. If there is ever a motivation to do right, it should be that the LORD sees everything that you do, and He will hold you accountable for both the good and the bad.
Second, someone is rooting for you to do right. Paul reminded these people that though he was absent, he was still with them in spirit. In other words, he was hoping that they would continue to do right even when he was gone. One thing that ought to drive you to do right is that others are counting on you, and you don’t want to ruin their trust in you by doing wrong. Before you do anything, you should always ask yourself if others would be disappointed in you if they found out what you are doing.
Third, absence doesn’t validate disobedience. Just because authority is not present doesn’t make wrong right. Wrong is wrong no matter who is present, and the motivation to do right is that right is always right no matter if those who enforce the right are present. The motivation to do right should be because right is always right no matter where you are.
Fourth, keeping your focus on Who you serve will keep you doing right. Paul reminded these people that they were servants of Christ. Their faith was not in Paul, but their faith was in Christ. When you realize the Christ is Who you serve, it will motivate you to want to please Him by always doing right.
My friend, your Christian character is not determined by what you do in public but by what you do when you are alone. Let me ask you, what type of Christian are you when you are not around your pastor, Sunday school teacher, parent or spiritual influence? You show me what you do when nobody is there to “make” you do right, and I will show you how good of a Christian you are. Christian, if you do right all the time you will never have to worry about being caught do wrong.